Live Review: Gary Clark Jr. at the Historic Scoot Inn

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Words by Jessica Skinner
Photos by Roger Ho

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. For example, a last-minute announcement for a surprise Gary Clark Jr. show at the Historic Scoot Inn on Wednesday night. And if you were savvy enough to find and accept the challenge (waiting in line with hundreds of other people at noon on Wednesday to score a free wristband for the show), you know by now that you definitely did the right thing.

Last night, local hip-hop artists Zeale and Phranchyze warmed up a capacity crowd for a hometown show from Gary Clark Jr. and his band. To no one’s surprise, Clark and his band turned the backyard of the Historic Scoot Inn into a lively party as they took over the venue for a ripping 1.5 hour set. Distorted guitar riffs echoed across tin roofs throughout the car-lined streets of the East 4th neighborhood, proudly announcing the Austin guitar hero’s return to town.

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The band dipped into hits from Clark’s self-titled EP and major-label debut Blak And Blu, adding the soulful improvisational flair that has earned Clark international acclaim. The crowd delighted at the band’s tight-knit chemistry, which provided a feel-good performance from Clark and bandmates Johnny Bradley (bass), Eric “King” Zapata (rhythm guitar), and Johnny Radelat (drums).

Clark’s live performance, like the legendary rhythm and blues guitarists he’s oft compared to, consistently delivers those ephemeral moments that are far too often edited out for studio production. The grinding guitar riffs and unscripted solos that came alive on the patio stage last night felt like a special treat just for us, the adoring audience. It’s as though these extended instrumentals prove to be too magical to be fully captured in studio renditions — though the new double-disc Gary Clark, Jr. Live album comes pretty damn close.

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While Clark was once a staple of the Austin nightlife, in recent years these performances have become less frequent as he has earned an international audience. The hometown heavyweight’s guitar licks have earned him comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, an invitation from Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and a GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Please Come Home.”

Throughout last night’s performance, local fans shouted declarations of love and hometown pride at the stage in appreciation of not only his meteoric rise, but to say thanks for a special evening. Clark used his words sparingly, returning a few sweet nothings between wailing numbers that rocked fans into celebratory twists, shouts, and chants for “Gary” after an amazing set.

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Bastille w/ Ella Eyre at the Cedar Park Center 11/6

Hailing from London, Bastille began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Dan Smith, whose birthday is July 14 (aka Bastille Day.) The 2014 Brit Award winners for Best Breakthrough Act became a full-fledged band in 2010 with the addition of Chris Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.

The band’s first full-length arrived in 2013, debuting at the top of the U.K. Albums Chart and going on to sell over two million copies while garnering a nomination for British Album of the Year. The song below also won Bastille “Best Cover Woodie” at the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards.

On Thursday, November 6th you can catch this breakthrough band at the Cedar Park Center with Ella Eyre. Rising pop star Ella Eyre is known for much more than just having a strong distaste for projector televisions circa 2002 (see 1:35 in the video below.) She’s made quite the name for herself in the U.K. despite only having 3 years of songwriting experience. Start listening now, because we’re positive she will blow up in the states as well.

Sound good? Good. Click here for tickets to see Bastille play Cedar Park Center on 11/6 with Ella Eyre. Learn more about this event and all others via Do512.

Matisyahu w/ Radical Something at Stubb’s 11/2

Matisyahu and Stubb’s go way back. In 2005 he released his breakout album, Live at Stubb’s, which reached #1 on the Reggae Albums Chart and #30 on the Billboard 200. Then, in 2011, he recorded Live at Stubb’s Vol. 2. On Sunday, November 2, it is your chance to catch Matisyahu’s next Stubb’s endeavor – a show with Radical Something and Cisco Adler!

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and your chance to catch the next and newest Matisyahu!

One day, and one day only – Sunday, November 2. Radical Something and Cisco Adler will also bring their irresistible California sunshine sounds to the show. Enter to win, buy your tickets, and get details here!

 

We Interviewed Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show

As you may have heard, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is broadcasting from Austin this week. Host Jon Stewart and his fellow correspondents are here to cover the midterm elections, dubbing the Austin episodes “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess.”

Yesterday, their week-long run of tapings at the ZACH Theatre kicked off with a visit from Texas State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis, who discussed school funding, lack of voter turnout in Texas, the controversial voter I.D. law, and her 13-hour long filibuster.

As you would expect, there were also cutting-egde reports from “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” including Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Jordan Klepper, Jessica Williams, Al Madrigal and Aasif Mandvi. One prime topic of conversation was the heated Dallas/Austin rivalry, and Texas’ recent brush with Ebola.

According to Correspondent Jessica Williams, Austin residents don’t need to worry about getting the Dallas version of Ebola, because we can locally source our own.

“Austin is already brewing its own locally-sourced, small-batch, fair-trade organic cage-free, farm-to-table Ebola. Keep Ebola weird!”



After the taping we were able to sit down with long-time Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi to ask him a few questions. Mandvi became a regular on The Daily Show in 2007, quickly becoming America’s favorite Muslim-Indian-Arab-Brown correspondent. His new book No Land’s Man comes out next month.

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Do512: How did you enjoy the show today?

Aasif: I liked it. It’s good to be back. I’ve been away for a while.

Do512: Where have you been?

Aasif: I’ve actually been away for about 6 months shooting this HBO series. So I’ve been in LA and I left in April to go write on the show and then also act on it. It’s called The Brink and its going to be on HBO next year with Jack Black, Tim Robbins, John Larroquette…It’s a great cast.

Do512: Did they remember you when you got back to The Daily Show?

Aasif: I had to remind them who I was. I had to say “yes, remember me? I’m the brown guy that you guys used to send to Iraq all the time.” No they were great, they have always been great about that stuff.

Do512: What do you think of Austin?

Aasif: I’ve never been to Austin before. This is my first time. It seems like a party town. There’s a lot going on, even at a hotel on a Sunday night. I was like, wow, people really love to party in this city.

Do512: What did you get to eat off of Jordan Klepper’s meat necklace during the show today?

Aasif: As delicious as that might have looked on camera, it was less so once you put it in your mouth. There’s nothing like cold, old meat. And I don’t eat pork but I may have chowed down on a little spare rib. I don’t know what happened. I haven’t eaten pork in like 30 some years and I may have actually had my first spare rib in a long time.

Do512: I was at a live taping of “The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart” last night, and I overheard a rumor that they are hiring another Muslim for The Daily Show, and that he’s quite funny.

Aasif: I don’t know how funny he is, I’ve never met him. He hasn’t made me laugh. I’m kidding, but yes they have hired another correspondent on the show who happens to be also brown. But you know it sort of gets framed like “hey look, they hired another brown guy.” They don’t say that when they hire another white guy. They didn’t say “Well we already have Jason Jones, why do we need Jordan Klepper? He’s a white guy. We have a white guy!” You know? He’s a very funny young comedian who’s going to be great on the show and he happens to be a brown guy.

Do512: Do you remember your first, external assignment for The Daily Show?

Aasif: Yes, they sent me to the University of Illinois. The story was about the mascot, Chief Illiniwek, which a lot of people were claiming was a racial stereotype, while other people said was a tradition. I went and talked to the students on campus and the student who was pro-mascot decided that he would talk to us, and he sat down with this painted face. It’s hilarious because you realize as he’s talking how absurd that begins to look when he’s trying to have this serious conversation with us about why he cares about this mascot, while wearing Native American war paint. The absurdity of it was just right there. That was my first piece.

Do512: What are some of the other assignments that weren’t so heartwarming?

Aasif: I have had a couple of people take swings at me conventions. Congressman John Murtha, I asked him in 2008 what congress hoped to not achieve in the coming year, and he took umbrage with that question and I saw his fists get clenched and I think he said something like “young man how dare you ask me such an impertinent question.” And I was like this is going to make great television. If I get punched it’s going to be terrible for my face, but great for The Daily Show.

Do512: Were you surprised by the result of your interview with Don Yelton??

Aasif: I was surprised. I didn’t think he was going to get fired. He sort of, hoisted on your own petard, he did it to himself. He obviously said all of those things on television. What’s sad about it is the GOP fired him because they were trying to reach out to African American voters in that district and he was on television using the N word, it was almost sort of like, we don’t say that out loud! What are you doing?! You can’t say that on television! I think they had to get rid of him. I think it was just survival for them to get rid of him.

Do512: Have you found it more difficult to get those kinds of responses out of people over the years now that they ready for it?

Aasif: I find that if you talk to people for long enough, people just start to open up. Sometimes we talk to people who nobody else is talking to, and there’s a reason for that. And then other times people just express their passion about things, and in Don Yelton’s case, he thinks black people are lazy.

Do512: You’ve done some other political interviews on news outlets like CNN. Do you find it difficult to marry your comedic side with a desire to cover politics in a straightforward way?

Aasif: I haven’t done any correspondence with CNN. I don’t know who’s been saying that. That person is maybe confusing me with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I am not a doctor, but I’m flattered. Sanjay Gupta is a very handsome man and he is like a guy who can just get up out of bed and run a marathon. So, if people are confusing me with him, I’m happy about that.

Do512: While the comedic side of politics raises awareness in young people, do you think it actually gets them engaged in ways you hope it would?

Aasif: People come up to me all the time and they are like “I get all my news from The Daily Show” and I always find that to be a little bit disturbing. I think it’s also a testament to the kind of news that we are being fed in this country. I think it’s incredibly partisan and corporate and I don’t think people trust the media anymore in the way that they did during the days of Walter Cronkite. I feel like there is a sense of apathy and disillusionment around the media, as it feels bought and paid for. Fox being a perfect example, but CNN as well. CNN looks like it has turned into a travel and leisure channel. They fired all of their investigate reporters. This is what’s happening to news in this country. News is becoming comedy and comedy is becoming news, and that’s a sad state of affairs.

Do512: Was there any specific time in your life when you realized you had this political fire?

Aasif: I think what happened to me was I got politicized after 9/11. After 9/11 I felt like there was something I needed to say, as an artist. I still think of myself as an artist more than a journalist or an advocate. As an artist I felt like after 9/11 there was something I needed to say that was more than just about the immigrant thing but something larger, about America and the commentary on being American. That is something that has grown for me. I never started off as a political person. I used to get all my news from The Daily Show.

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Do512: You’ve got a book coming out next month. What can people expect from it?

Aasif: There are mostly stories, essays inspired by my life, about growing up. It’s called No Land’s Man and it’s really about my life. I’m hesitant to call it a memoir because it’s not, it’s more like vignettes about things that have happened in my life that deal with a brown kid growing up in a white world. I’ve lived in a lot of different places and it’s sort of about the immigrant journey. It’s humorous but I feel like the serious undertones have to deal with race and class and America post 9/11 and the relationship between Islam and America.

Do512: Would you have any advice for aspiring Daily Show correspondents?

Aasif: I would say aspiring correspondents learn as little as you can about journalism and you’ll fit in just fine. And check your soul at the door. I was doing street theater back in the early 90s and I would just go up to strangers and harass them, so when I started doing that on The Daily Show it just felt like I was going right back into that world. I’ve always enjoyed calling people out on their shit and The Daily Show allows us to do that.

Do512: We’re super into tacos in Austin. What ingredients would be on your perfect taco?

Aasif: My perfect taco.. Well first of all the shell has to be incredibly delicious. I like the soft shell taco over the crisp. It needs to be really well made. I like a beef taco or a steak taco. I like some avocado. I like some salsa, some spicy salsa, maybe a little chili pepper and little lemon—a spicy taco, a hot, spicy taco. That’s also what they call the girls here in Austin, I think.

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You can follow Aasif Mandvi at Twitter.com/Aasif and Facebook.com/AasifMandvi. His book No Land’s Man comes out in bookstores on November 4th. Pre-order it right here.

- Contributed by Lawrence Boone

A Deadeye Halloween at Threadgill’s South World HQ

There are scores of Grateful Dead tributes. The quintessential jam band has inspired an entire subculture of bootleg swapping among their fans, some of whom are able to list their entire catalogue of songs alphabetically. People routinely followed the band across the country, effectively making their love for the band a central component of their lifestyle. As Jerry himself said: “We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.”

There’s even an online catalog of bands around the United States who are still rocking the Dead’s classic anthems. BUT, there aren’t many that do it like Austin’s own DeadEye. The group, composed of Lee Braverman, Joe Faulhaber, Trevor Nealon, Shadd Scott, Keith Sennikoff, is dedicated to mastering as much of the Dead catalog as possible while giving it a fresh, new energy.

Here’s some footage of their 60′s night at the Empire Control Room:

This weekend, DeadEye will be hitting the stage at Threadgill’s South on Friday & Saturday night. Don your best party costume on Halloween night, then come back to keep jamming with DeadEye on Saturday. Tickets are available here, and you can enter to win a free pair for both shows.

We Interviewed Death From Above 1979 | FFF Fest

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After a 10 year hiatus, Death From Above 1979 has returned with an ear-shattering new album and tour. The celebrated dance-punk duo, comprised of Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths, backing vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (vocals and drums), became an underground sensation following the release of the band’s universally acclaimed debut album, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, in 2004.

The long-awaited second album, The Physical World, arrived in September via Last Gang Records and Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Dave Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfmother, Oasis), The Physical World comes a full ten years after DFA 1979 kicked off the whole dance-punk movement to begin with.

NME calls the album “magnificent”, adding “The 10-year break has obviously served DFA 1979 well. They have returned hungry and wired to shake us out of our digital comas.”

In support of the new album Death From Above 1979 will headline twenty-one US shows and two festivals, including Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. In anticipation of their visit to Austin we spoke to Jesse Keeler about getting back on tour, the experience of making the new album, the internet, and whatever else was on his mind.

Do512: So you’re officially back in action. How’s the tour going?

Keeler: It’s fucking crazy, to be bluntly honest. I never have any expectations beyond traveling and playing songs. I never know what’s going to happen. It’s been nuts, everyone knows all the words to the new record, every single show has been completely sold out. Last night was in Glasgow and it was so hot I was wet to my ankles. It was insane, I played until I couldn’t play anymore.

Do512: That sounds like fun. What was the crowd like in Glasgow?

Keeler: I don’t know what these kids were doing in there. They had fires on their penises and it was heating the whole room so we asked them to pour water on their crotches so we could play in greater comfort. It was our first real tour since we released the record and I can’t believe how fast everyone learned the words to the songs. It’s probably the nicest feeling in terms of being in a band and listening to the audience sing as loud as the singer in your band.

Do512: So has fiery penises been the most notable moment of the tour thus far?

Keeler: *Laughs* Imagine if people actually did that? It’s so messed up. What would the newspapers say? Ritual self-mutilation at the Death From Above show?

Do512: It probably wouldn’t shine too kindly on you guys…

Keeler: Or it would start a worldwide craze that would end in the extinction of all humanity. If I’m going to say crazy shit I may as well take it all the way so we can put it to bed and move on to the next thing. *Laughs*

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Keeler (right), and Sebastien Grainger. Photo credit: Pamela Littky

Do512: What’s it like being Death From Above in 2014, and having the expectation of an online presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc?

Keeler: We’re really not into it. We don’t have Facebook so everyone we work with knows not to talk to us about it. We tell them, “you can put whatever you want up there. Put a bunch of ads, sponsors, I don’t know. We won’t see it.” We were kind of protective over the Twitter because we thought it was cool that you could start fresh with something, but we started with our management tweeting on our behalf.

Do512: So pretty much you just don’t bother with it.

Keeler: Sebastien has started taking care of the Instagram thing. Sometimes I’ll take pictures and give them to him and he’ll post them. We’re still not great at it. But as he says “Until one of us grows a great set of tits, we’re not going to have that many followers anyway.”

Do512: Ha. Were you guys “online” much back when the first album came out?

Keeler: We’ve always been bad at this stuff. We didn’t have a Myspace page until after our band broke up. After the band was done the record label made a Myspace for the band, like “oh alright, there’s that. Great timing!” But the internet is great for finding out about stuff. It’s good for finding deals. I got a really cheap toilet seat a few years ago.

Do512: Dave Sardy produced your new album. How was your experience working with him?

Keeler: The official position of Death From Above is that it was not without its hardships. It’s hard. You hire someone, essentially, to tell you what to do. Making music and writing music and recording music and mixing and everything is just a series of judgment calls. You can get into technical error but in terms of value judgement there’s no wrong. So, what we wanted, and I guess everyone wanted was that the producer will help you make these decisions. On the surface that seems very logical, you’re going into this project with this person who’s made lots of records to help you through these decisions, but in essence you’re paying someone to tell you what to do and argue with you.

Do512: What did you guys argue about?

Keeler: Sebastien and I are not the type of people to ever let an argument get emotional. But we were thinking “Why am I fucking telling this guy what I want to do or why I want to do this? This is my band.” But in the end, the simple way of summarizing what he did for us is that he wanted to make sure we stayed our band. He didn’t want us to grow up too much between records. I think he was concerned that because we had become much better at playing our instruments, or better at singing, or our musical ideas had expanded and evolved and matured, that we might abandon the things that made our band good in the first place. That’s what he was trying to do, although if he had said that in the beginning it might have made it all easier and cost less money.

Do512: Did you guys record anything that didn’t make the album? Maybe more material for another EP?

Keeler: No, we’re going to break up for another five years and then possibly reform, but no one will know about it. It seems to be working well, so it seems to be the perfect formula. Our first EP came out in 2002, so the next one should come out sometime in 2022.

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The Physical World is available now through Warner Bros. Records. You can catch Death From Above 1979 on their North American tour through December 2nd. See the tour dates at deathfromabove1979.com. The band will perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Friday, November 9th.

We saw Walk the Moon at Parish | Photos + Review

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When one thinks of the Dirty 6th (Street) scene – perhaps Austin’s most debaucherous adult boulevard – the least obvious image is that of a room packed with hundreds of awkwardly dressed, braced-and-pimple faced teenagers. Yet among the sold-out crowd Sunday night at the Parish for indie rock group Walk the Moon, anyone would’ve been hard-pressed to spot a fan without the telltale Xed hands.

At some shows, that prevailing youthfulness can become somewhat irksome (seriously, there’s no need to scream bloody murder whenever the singer says anything), but here it manifested into an inspiring scene. It was pretty damn cool to witness adolescents enthusiastically dancing and singing along to tunes that sound straight out of the 80s – the type of music they’d likely balk at if their parents played them rather than this quartet of dashing 20-somethings.

Case in point: the batch of new songs featured from upcoming sophomore disc, Talking is Hard (release date TBD). The band busted out a total of six: First up, after smartly kicking off the show with kinetic dance numbers “Tightrope” and “Next in Line,” there was “Down in the Dumps” with a chorus that riffed on the familiar “I want my MTV” melody of Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” between bassist Kevin Ray’s distinctly New Order-esque grooves. Directly after came “Spend Your Money,” a Moog and guitar-driven tune with an almost hair metal air (a la Guns N’ Roses) that ended in some Freddie Mercury-inspired wails and yelps from frontman Nicholas Petricca.

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A rockin’ two-song segue of “Quesadilla” and “Shiver Shiver” led into the powerhouse “Sidekick” – perhaps a tribute to David Bowie’s glam phase – and “Avalanche,” another guitar-heavy cut with shades of something like Cheap Trick. Finally, after a galvanic take on “Lisa Baby,” the group unleashed recently released single “Shut Up and Dance” – with axemanship from Eli Maiman obviously influenced by U2’s the Edge and a choral melody borrowed from the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” – and “Animal,” which, despite some impressively huge Phil Collins-ish drums from Sean Waugaman, came off as the most blandly bubblegum-pop of the bunch.

Yet, though their pop appeal admittedly sometimes borders on something akin to One Direction, at least Walk the Moon is mixing in bits of compelling rock ‘n’ roll and doing it with the traditional elements – good ol’ guitar, drums, bass and keys. And they’ve got a positive message to boot: the Talking Heads homage “I Can Lift a Car” played out like a focused meditation – with Petricca calling on audience members to “take all the bullshit … and push it up toward the sky” – turned cathartic rock release.

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And though the evening ended with another sugared musical morsel – infectiously catchy first album track “Jenny” – starting that encore with “Iscariot,” a truly introspective and beautifully sung ballad, revealed the pudding’s proof: underneath the barrage of candied hooks, these Cincinnati-based boys are unsuspectingly gifted songwriters – a cut above the otherwise same-y indie pop-rock milieu.

Set list:

  • Tightrope
  • Next in Line
  • Down in the Dumps
  • Spend Your Money
  • Quesadilla
  • Shiver Shiver
  • Sidekick
  • Avalanche
  • Lisa Baby
  • Shut Up and Dance
  • Animal
  • I Can Lift a Car
  • Anna Sun

Encore:

  • Iscariot
  • Jenny


 Photography + Review by David Brendan Hall

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The Revivalists at Emo’s on Halloween Night

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The Revivalists will bring their renowned live performance to Austin this Friday, October 31st at Emo’s. The band’s monumental performance at Jazzfest 2014 (in their hometown of New Orleans) was captured by Rolling Stone, Spin, American Songwriter, Relix and more. They’ve been featured by everyone from USA Today and Fuse TV to Paste, The Huffington Post and Daytrotter. The band appropriately also performed on the fourth and final season of HBO’s acclaimed drama series, Treme.

The septet recently stopped by WNYC’s Soundcheck and KBCO for a Studio C Session to showcase their album, City of Sound, released by Wind-up Records with eight live bonus tracks in March during Mardi Gras. The Revivalists have been touring non-stop the last few years, dominating the festival circuit again this year with stops at Peach Fest, Jazz Aspen, Lockn’, Phases of the Moon and more.

Fellow New Orleans natives Naughty Professor, who have shared the stage with artists such as Rebirth Brass Band and Fitz and the Tantrums, will be there to get the party started, followed by The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic, hard-hitting rock & roll. Find more info and get your tickets here!

 

Hotel Vegas Dresses Up For Halloween Weekend

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When you are trying to decide where to go and what to do for Halloween weekend, keep Hotel Vegas in mind. Not only can you go costume-crazy at the classic venue you know and love, they will also be celebrating Hotel Hot Burrito’s 2 Year Anniversary Weekend with great music and a few special guests.

On Friday night, Portland’s sexxed-up surf rockers Guantanamo Baywatch will take the stage with California pop-rocks Pookie and the Poodlez, with local support from The Bad Lovers and Lochness Mobsters, plus very spooky secret guests. (See more deets and win tickets here!)

Guantanamo Baywatch will shake things up with their three-headed mix of surf, guitar doo-wop and chaotic punk-abilly. Frontman Jason Powell feverishly wails away on the guitar like a modern-day Dick Dale, bassist Chevelle Wiseman supplies plenty of low end (and back end), while drummer Chris Scott manages to keep perfect time.




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On Saturday night you could celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or hold on tight for another round of Hotel Hot Burrito’s 2 Year Anniversary Weekend. The lineup is all Austin originals: A Giant Dog with Love Inks, Party Girl, Trustees, and Church Shoes. A Giant Dog, as we professed in Local Bands You Should be Listening To | Vol. 6, is a rambunctious, female-fronted punk rock band who consistently churn out anthemic garage rock stompers. Be ready to get rowdy.

Check Do512 to see what else is happening at Hotel Vegas!

Fan Fest 2014 is Taking Over Austin | Oct. 31 – Nov. 2!

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As you probably know, the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix will take place right here in beautiful Austin, Texas on Halloween weekend! To double-down on an unforgettable weekend, Circuit of The Americas has teamed up with Transmission Events and ACL Live to bring you Fan Fest 2014 – a FREE, 3-day festival that will kick off at noon on Friday in the heart of downtown.

Fan Fest 2014 will host live music and family events across 10 city blocks, on four stages and at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Beginning at noon each day, the festival will last well into the evening and offer a full day of turbo-charged fun. This year’s lineup includes 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the classic hip-hop trio De La Soul, the Gypsy-tinged ensemble DeVotchKa, the Tejano-rock fusion of Texas Tornados, and a slew of local talent including Whiskey Shivers, Black Joe Lewis, Heartless Bastards and many more!

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In addition to the great musical talent performing throughout the day on three entertainment stages, Fan Fest will also offer interactive displays and F1 simulators, F1 show cars, street performers, an X Games-style action sports zone, parties, a family fun zone, as well as offerings from local restaurants and pubs, food trucks, artisans and retailers. We even heard there will be an appearance by a spooky psychic medium, and a very special “Yoga in the Park” session on Sunday morning, November 2nd.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy FREE live music and events with the whole family! VIP tickets are available for purchase, but other than that, this festival offers a totally free, fun weekend in Live Music Capital of the World! Be sure to check out Do512 for the full schedule, more information, and to enter to win a pair of passes to the F1 race!